‘We have this day, expell’d our Men the Stage’: Dating the Prologue and Epilogue of <i>The Parson’s Wedding</i>
Scholars of Restoration theatre have given contradictory accounts as to which all-female production of Thomas Killigrew’s The Parson’s Wedding the existing prologue and epilogue belong to. This note argues that out of the two productions in the Restoration period – the first of which took place in October 1664 and the second in June 1672 – the surviving prologue and epilogue were most likely written for the second production. Combining evidence gathered from historical records as well as from textual analysis, this note is the first study to comprehensively investigate this conundrum.
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